Journal article

Neuropsychiatric morbidity in focal epilepsy

Sophia J Adams, Terence J O'Brien, John Lloyd, Christine J Kilpatrick, Michael R Salzberg, Dennis Velakoulis

BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | ROYAL COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Previous work has identified elevated prevalence rates for psychiatric disorders in individuals with medically refractory focal epilepsy, particularly temporal lobe epilepsy. Many studies were undertaken before the advent of video electroencephalogram monitoring (VEM) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). AIMS: To investigate which characteristics of the focal epilepsy syndromes are associated with the presence of depression or psychosis. METHOD: Three hundred and nineteen individuals with focal epilepsy admitted for VEM were seen over an 11-year period. The lifetime history of depression and psychosis, epileptic site, laterality and type of lesion were determined by clinical ass..

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